Alpine gets an increase in Balance of Performance

Alpine gets an increase in Balance of Performance

The Alpine A480 Gibson was given a power boost after Balance of Performance for the Le Mans 24 Hours was revised ahead of Hyperpole qualifying on Thursday.

In a revised Balance of Performance for the Le Mans 24 Hours announced ahead of Thursday’s Hyperpole qualifying, Alpine’s grandfathered LMP1 car was given a power boost.

The Alpine Elf Team has been granted a power boost for its A480 Gibson LMP1 grandfathered car through the Hypercar Balance of Performance after struggling on the opening day of the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans (BoP).

The French manufacturer struggled on the first day of the event as they never came close to times made by the other Hypercar competitors. They finished behind three of the six fastest LMP2 cars in the overall standings during qualifying and during the third practise session, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest decided to adjust their power output.

The A480-Gibson, was granted just over 9bhp, boosting its power output to 573bhp. It’s the Alpine’s second power boost ahead of this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship main event, following a power boost ahead of last weekend’s test day.

The A480 will, however, produce less power than the Alpine did at Le Mans last year, when it produced 603bhp. The car had 577 bhp at the first round of the WEC, which the Alpine trio of Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere, and Andre Negrao won.

Alpine has also been handed an extra 11 megajoules of energy to use per stint in addition to the increased power, which could help the team hit its aim of 12-lap stints around the Circuit de la Sarthe more reliably.

The newest BoP made no adjustments to the Toyota GR010 Hybrid or the Glickenhaus 007 LMH.

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